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The folks at Netease created a funny and insightful graphic to point out the ridiculously high price of major tourism attractions in China.Once the Ministry of Tofu got word they expanded on the graphic to compare those prices to some international tourism attractions.
But, how to accurately assess these price differences?
Of course, compare them using the Big Mac Index.
And let’s just say you could eat a lot at your local Mai Dang Lao (McDs in China) if you’re willing to skip the sights.
A trip to Zhangjiajie National Park, which claims to be one of the sources of inspiration for Avatar, would set you back almost 16 Big Macs in China. A trip to Yellowstone National Park would only cost about 3 Big Macs in the US.
This is the graphic from the Ministry of Tofu comparing the price of Chinese tourist attractions to International ones:
Tourism in China is booming, so high prices aren’t keeping people away, but resentment is also simmering. The Ministry of Tofu has also translated some of the comments on the original Netease post and here are a couple choice ones:
时代精神运动 [网易上海市嘉定区网友]：2012-01-29 19:10:00 发表
Boost my arse! It (the money) all goes to LD (note: slang for “leaders,” or officials) for keeping mistresses.
网易山东省临沂市莒南县网友 [Lv愤怒的青年] 的原贴：1
Swindler! But it can boost the local economic development as well. Just put up with it. Try viewing the pictures at home instead.
点解点解0 [网易广东省深圳市网友]：2012-01-29 19:32:08 发表
So proud~~ Finally we lead foreigners by one step~~
With prices for tourist spots so high, it is no wonder that the McDonalds in Beijing are always full.
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